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Old 09-19-2020, 06:44 AM   #1
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I seem to have very little hand strength. This makes connecting at an RV site difficult. Connecting to the water supply is very challenging, even with a wrench.

Any suggestions for an easier method? Ive recently discovered that I need to carry a Y connector. Id like to find one that is easy to connect to the site hose Bibb. If not that, a wrench that I can use to tighten it without tearing it up.

Ive got the sewer hose connecting figured out Ifinally).

And sometimes I have to get someone to flip the fuse switch on the electrical. Any suggestions for that?

Thank you!
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Old 09-19-2020, 06:51 AM   #2
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I seem to have very little hand strength. This makes connecting at an RV site difficult. Connecting to the water supply is very challenging, even with a wrench.

Any suggestions for an easier method? Ive recently discovered that I need to carry a Y connector. Id like to find one that is easy to connect to the site hose Bibb. If not that, a wrench that I can use to tighten it without tearing it up.

Ive got the sewer hose connecting figured out Ifinally).

And sometimes I have to get someone to flip the fuse switch on the electrical. Any suggestions for that?

Thank you!
I think the proper wrench is the answer. First make sure the washers in the hose and "Ys" are fresh and hose ends are not damaged and bent which makes connections more difficult. A good set of adjustable channel locks should help you snug up the water connections. For the sewer I'd suggest a strap wrench or 2 to install and loosen the connections.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:11 AM   #3
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Hose-Grip

This is what works well for me:
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I found it at an RV show. It's available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/RV-Cable-Grip...0520842&sr=8-2

The same company markets coax cable connectors with a similar easy grip feature.

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Old 09-19-2020, 07:14 AM   #4
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This is what works well for me:
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I found it at an RV show. It's available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/RV-Cable-Grip...0520842&sr=8-2

The same company markets coax cable connectors with a similar easy grip feature.

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That's pretty slick.
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See Flexzilla hoses. They come with a similar grip on each end so you don't need the extra piece shown above. No wrench needed, on or off.
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Old 09-19-2020, 07:23 AM   #6
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That's pretty slick.
It's kinda pricey, but, very well constructed.

No, I don't have any connection to the manufacturer beyond being a satisfied customer.

The coax connectors work very well, too.

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Another option is to build up your hand strength with exercise. I keep one in my truck for long trips or heavy traffic stress.
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A set of v nosed channel lock style pliers will make it easy to tighten the hose connections and battery pliers should make switching a circuit breaker easyas well.
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This might be a big help!

https://www.amazon.com/Flexzilla-HFZ...oghydr-20&th=1
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Some suggestions:

Find hoses and fittings (e.g. the Y) that have flat-sided (hex) connection nuts rather than the typical knurled type. That way you can use a slip-on wrench or spanner rather than pliers that you have to squeeze. The hex nut hose end fitting looks like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Dixon-CBC76-B.../dp/B00835IYU2


If you already have hoses with knurled connector nuts, you can add this hex nut adapter (most hardware stores have something similar):
https://www.toolboxsupply.com/produc...mnpt-x-3-4-fnh


Here's a Y-adapter that has the flat nut as well as large shut-off handles for easier gripping.

https://www.zoro.com/midwest-control...eature-product
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I recently installed one of the Aquor city water connections, just push in and 1/4 turn to lock. It might be something that would work for you.Click image for larger version

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Quick-connect type fittings help on the RV end or for using accessories, but don't help with site hook-ups.
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Yes but it takes just seconds to attach a quick connect fitting to the hose bib and then just push your other connections. And since they are usually out where you can get a good hand hold they come off pretty easy too.
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Soooo, if this is for the drinking water connection, is there a safer connection type? Meaning safe to use for drinking.

I have a four way thats plastic and would love to find one that is safe to use for drinking water. We use 3 different filters but Id feel better if the four way was lead and PBA free.
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